After many months of work on the new Multimedia API for KDE 4 it is time to
finally announce Phonon. Phonon will
provide a task oriented API for multimedia, making it easy for KDE
applications to use media playback and capture functionality (and more)
resulting in application developers being free to concentrate on the user
interface aspects. The number of possibilities to integrate multimedia into the
desktop experience make Phonon especially interesting.
Phonon uses exchangeable backends to do the real work which can be implemented using GStreamer, NMM, Xine, Helix or whatever else you can come up with. In turn KDE applications do not need to develop media engine abstractions anymore as Phonon provides it for them.
The folks from Motama have already started work on a Phonon-NMM backend and we will give a joint presentation at
upcoming LinuxTag this year (also see their announcement). Meet us on Saturday, May 6th at 10:00 in Hall 6.2 or later at the KDE booth.
As there is still a lot of work that needs to be done until Phonon is released with KDE 4.0 it is a great chance to get involved now, for example doing a Google Summer of Code project.